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Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

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Here is a candid account of the life of a software engineer who runs her own computer consulting business out of a live-work loft in San Francisco's Multimedia Gulch. Immersed in the abstract world of information, algorithms, and networks, she would like to give in to the seductions of the programmer's world, where "weird logic dreamers" like herself live "close to the machine." Still, she is keenly aware that body and soul are not mechanical: desire, love, and the need to communicate face to face don't easily fit into lines of code or clicks in a Web browser. At every turn, she finds she cannot ignore the social and philosophical repercussions of her work. As Ullman sees it, the cool world of cyberculture is neither the death of civilization nor its salvation — it is the vulnerable creation of people who are not so sure of just where they're taking us all.

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Ullman is a software engineer who runs a company out of her loft in San Francisco. She reveals the seduction of abstract information, algorithms, and networks, and the constant social and philosophical repercussions that keep her connected to the human race and material world. She finds cyberculture neither the death nor the salvation of civilization, but the vulnerable creation of people who are not so sure where they are going. No index or bibliography.
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This text is a candid account of the life of a software engineer who runs her own computer consulting business. We find a smart, funny bisexual torn between the pure, abstract world of programming and her involvement in San Francisco's city-wide registration system for AIDS patients.

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A candid account of the life of a software engineer who runs a computer consulting business out of her live-work loft in San Francisco's multimedia gulch. Immersed in the abstract world of information, algorithms, and networks, she would like to give in to the seductions of the programmer's world where "weird logic dreamers" like herself live "close to the machine." Still, she is keenly aware that body and soul are not mechanical: desire, love, and the need to communicate face to face don't easily fit into lines of code or clicks in a Web browser. She finds she cannot ignore the social and philosophical repercussions of her work.

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ISBN:
9780872863323
Subtitle:
Technophilia and Its Discontents
Author:
Ullmann, Ellen
Author:
Ullmann, Ellen
Publisher:
City Lights Publishers
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Programming - General
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Women in technology
Subject:
Ullman, Ellen
Subject:
Computer programmers
Subject:
Computer programmers -- Biography.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
General Computers
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Science Reference-Technology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
147
Publication Date:
20010101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
189
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.6 in 8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This text is a candid account of the life of a software engineer who runs her own computer consulting business. We find a smart, funny bisexual torn between the pure, abstract world of programming and her involvement in San Francisco's city-wide registration system for AIDS patients.
"Synopsis" by , A candid account of the life of a software engineer who runs a computer consulting business out of her live-work loft in San Francisco's multimedia gulch. Immersed in the abstract world of information, algorithms, and networks, she would like to give in to the seductions of the programmer's world where "weird logic dreamers" like herself live "close to the machine." Still, she is keenly aware that body and soul are not mechanical: desire, love, and the need to communicate face to face don't easily fit into lines of code or clicks in a Web browser. She finds she cannot ignore the social and philosophical repercussions of her work.
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